Lainey Casper, left, and Michael Shea of Houston High School were winners in Intercounty Electric's rural electric youth tour competition.

High school juniors from across Intercounty Electric’s service territory gathered March 27 in the auditorium at the cooperative’s Licking office to compete for an all-expenses- paid trip to Washington D.C.

Each school submited its top three essay winners to compete. One student from each school won the trip to Washington D.C., and the two runners-up receive a trip to a leadership conference in Jefferson City.

One by one, each student was interviewed on topics relating to rural electric cooperatives and Intercounty. The competition was intense as each school was represented by highly motivated and intelligent students.

First-place winners receiving a June trip to the nation’s capital were: Lainey Casper, Houston; Chelsea Smith, Licking; Gregory Keziah, Plato; Lindsey Smith, Cabool; Scott Monter, Mountain Grove, Tarynn Huitt, Salem; Emily Steelman, Summersville; Jenna Light, Rolla; and Hanan Southard, Saint James.

The runner-up winners for the Jefferson City trip were: Michael Shea, Houston; Leah Harris and Shelby Builta, Licking; Billy Bise and Taylor Stillwell, Cabool; Brittany Parks and Erin Chase, Salem; Holly Williamson, Summersville; Kaitlyn Tucker, Rolla; and Nathan Bookout and Renee Recker, Saint James.



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